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Gender differences in general academic achievement motivation, attribution factors, and career choices in mathematics and in science


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The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of gender differences in general and academic achievement motivation, attribution for success and career choices for math and science. The study determined the extent of gender differences in academic achievement motivation, attribution factors and career choices for mathematics and science success.

The population was the 2002–2003 senior class at a rural public school in mid-South Carolina. Sixty-one respondents received the Course/Career Questionnaire. A total of 61 questionnaires from a possible 73 were returned representing an 83.6 percent rate of return.

Data Analyses used means and standard deviations to identify the extent of gender differences in general and academic achievement motivation, attribution factors and career choices in mathematics and science. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and chi-square analyses were used to test the hypotheses. The .05 probability level was utilized for the test of significance.

On the questionnaire, there were 17 statements with a choice of five levels of response. The level of academic achievement motivation was not significantly different among genders. Ability was the attribution factor most endorsed by the male responders for success in math and science. Effort was the primary attribution factor most expressed by the female respondents for success in math and science. Males expressed the intent to pursue higher-level math and science careers statistically significantly more frequently than did the female respondents.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Curricula;
Teaching
Classification
0514: School administration
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
Identifier / keyword
Education; Academic achievement; Career choices; Gender differences; Mathematics; Motivation; Science
Title
Gender differences in general academic achievement motivation, attribution factors, and career choices in mathematics and in science
Author
Steinmeyer, Diane Cope
Number of pages
78
Publication year
2003
Degree date
2003
School code
1045
Source
DAI-A 66/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542258992, 0542258994
Advisor
Michel, George J.
University/institution
South Carolina State University
University location
United States -- South Carolina
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3184127
ProQuest document ID
305233068
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305233068
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